Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within
me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my
soul, and do not forget all his benefits.
One morning I heard a song that mentions having 10,000
reasons to bless the Lord. As I listened, I asked myself, Do I
have 10,000 reasons to be grateful?
I began to think about the blessing of waking up to a new
day and the blessings of my children, wife, parents, siblings,
in-laws, and church family. I thought about the homes I have
lived in, the clothes I have worn, and the other provisions I
have enjoyed throughout my life. I thought about how each
day is filled with at least one of these blessings. Waking up
yesterday was a blessing just as waking up today is a new gift
and blessing from God.
I began to count my reasons to be thankful. At 39 years
of age, I have 365 days multiplied by 39 years of waking each
morning — 14,235 reasons to praise God! Add to that over 16
years of marriage and the blessing of having my two parents
present for my entire life. As I considered all my days without
accidents, days with my
children, days with my
best friend, and days with
grandparents, in-laws, and
siblings, my heart has found
well over 10,000 reasons
to bless the Lord’s holy name. Each day God is merciful and
gracious in new ways.
Prayer: O God, help us to see each new day as a blessing from
you and to live life as a way of giving thanks. Amen.
Cassius Rhue (South Carolina)
Prayer Focus: TO SEE GOD’S GOODNESS IN EACH DAY
— Psalm 103: 1-2 (NRSV)
Thought for the Day
What new blessing can I
be thankful for today?